Event Spotlight: JCMU Opens New Scholarship Opportunity

JCMU is excited to announce the opening of the first award cycle for the Melville Memorial Scholarship. Established through the efforts of JCMU faculty, staff and alumni at JCMU’s 20th Anniversary Celebration, the Melville Endowed Scholarship Fund seeks to recognize Professor Harold “Mel” Melville’s legacy of cross-cultural engagement by providing financial assistance to Consortium students participating in JCMU’s diverse study abroad programs.

A key member of the JCMU community in Japan, Harold “Mel” Melville (1945-2008) is remembered for the difference he made in the lives of hundreds of young people and the example he set for cultural understanding. Serving in the Faculty of Economics at Shiga University in Hikone from 1975 until his passing in 2008, Professor Melville was a tremendous resource for both JCMU students and visiting faculty, sharing his enthusiasm for Japan as well as his familiarity of local history, customs and traditions. As a liaison for students, visiting scholars, faculty and staff at JCMU, Mel helped program participants engage in the local community in Hikone and make the transition from life in the United States to life in Japan.

“Helping students discover a new world by enabling them to study abroad is a fitting tribute to Professor Melville and his love of history and appreciation of our common humanity,” reflected Elizabeth Money, alumna from the JCMU 1992 Japanese Language and Culture Program.

“We’re extremely excited to debut this new scholarship opportunity for JCMU students,” noted JCMU Director Kate Simon in East Lansing. “At a time when financial aid resources have dwindled and need for alternative forms of financial aid is increasing, the Melville Memorial Scholarship will help open doors and improve access to study abroad for many JCMU students.”

JCMU will accept applications for the first Melville Memorial Scholarship award cycle beginning in March 2016, with the first awards to be granted to students from Michigan’s fifteen public universities participating in May and Summer 2016 study abroad programs at JCMU in Japan.

These initial scholarship awards are just the first step in diversifying JCMU’s financial aid support for Michigan’s students. JCMU will continue to collect contributions to the Melville Endowed Scholarship Fund, so as to increase the number and amount of scholarships available for students. Information for contributors can be found on the JCMU website, and donations to the fund can be made by mail, by phone or online. Contributions to the JCMU Melville Endowed Scholarship Fund may qualify for a federal tax deduction or State of Michigan tax credit for Michigan residents.

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